Evening Edition - May 20

May 20, 2019

If Democrats continue to (ironically) stonewall all of Trump’s efforts to build a wall, or to do anything to fix what even the New York Times now concedes is an immigration crisis, the Chief Executive does have some powerful tools he could use as a last resort.  One that’s suddenly getting talked about a lot is the Insurrection Act of 1807, last invoked by President Bush to quell the L.A. riots in 1992.  It allows him to use the National Guard and military to deal with the crisis.  There’s more about it here.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/16/donald-trump-insurrection-act-illegal-immigration/

There’s no confirmation of this story, and White House spokesman Hogan Gidley wouldn’t say whether it was or was not under consideration.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/insurrection-act-fox-friends-hosts-press-hogan-gidley-illegal-immigration 

There’s no question that Trump has the authority to do it, although he would, of course, face legal challenges from Democrats rushing to federal judges to try to stop him.  But if Democrats are that concerned about making sure he doesn’t invoke the Insurrection Act to deal with illegal immigration, there’s always the unthinkable option of ending their own ongoing insurrection and actually working with the President to solve the problem so he doesn’t have to resort to extreme measures like invoking the Insurrection Act.   


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Just as they threatened, a group of rabidly anti-Trump House Democrats took turns engaging in a marathon reading-out-loud of the entire, nearly 500-page Mueller report, starting at noon this past Thursday and going on until early Friday morning.  Some of the Dems’ brightest bulbs took part, including Gerald Nadler, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ilhan Omar, Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters.  They denied that was a cheap political stunt, or “a ploy to keep anything going.”  The story did not say whether they denied that it was a waste of time or of the salaries they’re paid by taxpayers.  I guess that goes without saying.

Just in case listening to 14-hours of a long, boring, ultimately pointless government report being read in some of the most grating voices since “The Nanny” left the air appeals to you, you’ll be thrilled to hear that they plan to release it as an audio book. So now we finally know the answer to the question, “What’s a worse Christmas gift than a Chia Pet of Don King?” 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-democrats-perform-a-public-reading-of-the-mueller-report

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MONOLOGUE May18 2019

I grew up in a time when Walter Cronkite delivered the evening news on CBS. Over at NBC there was the team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley and later John Chancellor.  ABC had Howard K. Smith.  I don’t ever recall having a clue what their political leanings were.  Long after Cronkite’s retirement we found out he was actually a flaming liberal, but he kept his personal views to himself and delivered the news in a way that never signaled the kind of bias we regularly see with modern news anchors.  Same with newspapers.  I can remember when people trusted the NY Times as the “Paper of Record,” and while newspapers had editorial content, there was a big wall between the editorial and news sections of the papers.  Not anymore.  While Donald Trump might be trying to build a wall, the would-be journalists of today are tearing down those walls so that their entire operation is a commentary or editorial machine.  The real losers are the American people.

 

News people hate it when President Trump calls them out as Fake News or labels some of them “enemies of the people.”  We most certainly need a free press.  It’s protected in the First Amendment as one of the bedrocks of our freedom.  It’s historically been called the “Esteemed 4th Estate,” meaning that when it functions to hold government accountable and speaks the truth to power, it’s the closest thing to a 4 branch of government to keep balance within the system of separation of powers.


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Increasingly, and exponentially with the explosion of social media, the wall separating opinion from factual news has disappeared like fog on a 100 degree bright-sun day.  And what has disappeared is the public’s trust of the traditional media to give them facts.  Journalism is all but dead except for a few remaining practitioners, like our first guest tonight Sharyl Attkisson or Lara Logan, both who were once at CBS, but have had harsh things to say about the politicization and weaponization of journalism as a sharp tool of ideological warfare instead of a source of raw facts and information.

 

I admit I speak of this often because we need to be reminded that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are NOT news sources that are reliable and neither is a Google search going to lead to the most important aspects of a story.  Those are all private for-profit companies who not only are trying to turn a buck, but trying to turn minds toward the most liberal views of policy and politics possible.  That means you have to become your own editor by asking the most fundamental questions of your news sources:  Who is the source for this information?  Is it anonymous sources?  Background?  Disregard the most of it.  Is it verified by 2 or more EYEWITNESSES and not just 2 or more people with the same opinion? Is there a balance of perspective in the story and is the side being skewered given a fair chance to respond?  Are speculations and opinions being stated as if they are “facts?” 

 

About the only reliable source I trust anymore is my own website for news and the Bible for everything else.  Anything else and I just ain’t buying without some serious verification and old-fashioned proof!

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Even the strongest supporter of President Trump has probably, at one time or another, wished that Trump would not hit “send” on Twitter so often.  At the link, in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Steve Hilton, Trump explains why he uses social media.

 

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6038711340001/

 

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Must-Read Column: Derek Hunter at Townhall.com examines how “progressive” Democrats have gone so far down the Crazy Trail that all of the alleged “common sense” arguments they fall back on to defend their positions can now be refuted simply by citing their more recent, crazy arguments.  They’ve twisted themselves into logical pretzels and have met themselves coming back the other way.

 

A couple of examples: States like Alabama and Georgia can’t limit abortion because Roe v. Wade is the “law of the land!”  Except they’ve spent the past two years asserting states’ rights over federal law with more passion than Jefferson Davis.  They’ve refused to comply with federal immigration laws, even letting illegal immigrants vote; they’ve declared marijuana legal and cut the state in on the profits, and now, “magic mushrooms,” too.  Some California leftists even want to secede from the Union (something they claim was “treason” when the Confederacy tried it.)  So why is abortion the only federal law states can’t ignore?


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Another favorite: “Men can’t get pregnant, so they aren’t allowed to voice an opinion on abortion!”  But wait: you’ve taught us that gender is a social construct.  Men can be women just by claiming they feel like one.  “Men” and “women” can have the opposite sexes’ genitalia, and we’ve been reading about that so-called “pregnant man” for years.  So how dare you try to silence someone by gender-labeling them?!

   

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2019/05/19/these-people-are-nuts-n2546542

 

Read the whole thing, then try to think of any current issue that the left opposes or supports that you can’t refute by citing some other position they’ve taken previously. 

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On a more serious and tragic note, this story from the New England Journal of Medicine shows how dangerous and even tragic it can be to demand that medical records be changed to conform to our personal version of reality.

https://apnews.com/b5e7bb73c6134d58a0df9e1cee2fb8ad

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How about starting off the week with a fun game?  Before you click on the story below, read the headline and try to figure out just what in the world this story is about and why the LGBT community is complaining.  I’ll give you three guesses because even after you read it, it still might be hard to figure out.  This is really looking for something to be offended about with a microscope.  But the important thing is that a big corporation knuckled under and apologized for something this insane, which must really give them a power high:  

 

“Calvin Klein apologizes to LGBT community for ad of Bella Hadid kissing female robot”

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/05/18/calvin-klein-apologizes-lgbt-community-bella-hadid-lil-miquela-kissing-ad/3718939002/

 

(By the way, I am now waiting for Ms Hadid to complain to the LGBT community that she is offended that they attempted to impose a label on her sexuality and just assumed that she is not a lesbian who loves robots, which she has every right to “identify” as and nobody’s allowed to question it.  Same goes for the robot.

 

Calvin Klein should have taken a lesson from Elton John, who received similar complaints because Taron Egerton, the actor he chose to play him in the new bio-pic “Rocketman” (who is reportedly perfect for the role and looks and sings just like Elton), isn’t gay in real life.  Because that’s what acting is all about: playing only roles that are exactly what you are in real life.  We can’t have these “actors” going around pretending to be something they’re not!  Elton’s response to the complaints was:


“That’s all bull-(BLEEP), I’m sorry.”

 

Well, as long as he said he was sorry…

 

https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/05/18/elton-john-dismisses-claims-straight-actor-cant-play-him-in-rocketman/

 

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If anyone had told me in the 1980s that one of the most moving, patriotic tributes to America would someday be delivered at the Pentagon by Gene Simmons, the fire-breathing bassist for the rock band KISS, I never would have believed it.  On the other hand, if you’d told me that within 30 years, the Democrats would be openly embracing socialism…well, that I would’ve found more believable.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-gene-simmons-chokes-8-times-talking-love-america/

 

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This might be God’s way of telling you that you either have too much money or you like toast WAY too much.

 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/japanese-company-270-toaster

 

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  • Anita Ward

    05/23/2019 01:38 AM

    Dear Mr Huckabee,
    I appreciate your Daily Edition and the knowledge you are one of a few we can depend upon who reports the TRUTH!
    My comment is’t new, but this panic women are having about having control of their bodies is insane....Control your bodies, refrain from getting pregnant! You women are focusing on the wrong solution for control of your bodies!!! There are many methods of birth control very readily available! Please be responsible and control your bodies by not getting pregnant!
    Please don’t kill your innocent little babies!
    Thank you.
    A mother of six babies. My first three babies didn’t live. My 4th baby lived until 5 days after her 19th birthday and I list her to ovarian cancer. I am blessed to still have my 5th daughter and she will be 50 in July. My 6th and last baby was still born, but I will love each of them forever and would gladly have adopted other babies, I had been been given the opportunity. One day I will see my babies and my young adult daughter again. What will the girls and women who have killed their little babies do when they see their babies? My deepest sympathy and I grieve fo them.

  • Michael Walsh

    05/22/2019 11:08 AM

    Governor

    Perhaps you could explain to Congress and the public, in your more eloquent way

    That for there to be "Contempt of Congress" there must first be grounds for respect!

    Jugheads such as Nadler, Schiff , etc have in my mind removed this concept!

    Mike Walsh

  • Janet Mills

    05/21/2019 05:36 PM

    With all of the investigations of President Trump, I could never understand why Pres Obama spent $7mm to seal all of his schooling, senate records and birth records, and since he was vying to be President, there was never an official investigation What was he trying to hide? Also they interviewed his brother years ago in Kenya and reporters were not permitted to enter the area. His brother said they would be shot. Why was this not officially investigated. Also there should be a legal way that the American People can charge Pelosie and Schumer for obstruction and remove them from their jobs for their refusal to negotiate the border wall crisis. Their refusal has cost the American People millions of tax payor dollars.

  • sue burris

    05/21/2019 01:56 PM

    Mike,
    You must tell Trump that his tweeting has to stop. GOP lost elections this last time because people were punching back at Trump by voting for the Dems. That is how voters punched back. Also, no one can put up with his constant twitter insults and feuds.
    As a one time TV star he should know that a star could risk being overexposed.
    We don't want to wake each morning to hear the latest angry tweet. He can say no comment instead of ranting on about everything.
    There is a danger of losing moral authority.
    Each Dem candidate isn't the problem. It is the whole liberal/progressive BS that we are running against. Each Dem personality is of no consequence. It is their socialism that we are up against. Who cares who they choose ......we are fighting against their wrong ideas.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/21/2019 09:32 AM

    Mike I have ranted about the IQs of the Left as being low I was being sarcastic they are probably sharpe enough to fool and manipulate lower IQ people my point today is this country is dealing with people taking their own lives, drug addictions, murder, kidnappers, Illegal Immigration, problems with countries that want our countries death and these bright bulbs are stumbling over Muellers 2 year old investigatons 35 million dollar wasted resources; money that could have gone to help wounded warriors when you look at the policies of these Dems; IQ is no longer a factor Hate and Destruction are the only forces that drives them; are their motives ignorant yes they are; U can use Shameful but that will not be understood by this feeble group, that has been bleached away by billionaire donaters, Satan is working overtime with this group It is on the clock working 24/7...........

  • Martin Pedersen

    05/21/2019 04:41 AM

    I watched the president's rally at Pennsylvania last night on YouTube. It was carried by the Right Side Broadcasting Network. Right Side seems to be the most conservative and pro-President Trump network out there although they are small in size. They were founded by college students from Auburn University just a few years ago. Maybe you could mention them to give them some publicity for their proposed coverage of President Trump's rallies this election season.

  • Anne Amato

    05/21/2019 01:36 AM

    Dear Govenor,
    First (and WAY off topic--I just happened to see today two very humoous presentations you did on YouTube. They were HILARIOUS! Thank you!
    .................
    But...on to a vey serious topic about which I have heard NO broadcast news--unless I somehow missed it:
    AOC sent out some tweets on 5/17. The one commentary I did see showed the actual tweets, but here is the article and her comments: (Please spcifically look at the last paragraph of her tweet.)

    "Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took her war-of-words with the Republican Party to the next level Friday; viciously claiming the GOP “doesn’t care about brown, black, or poor” babies.
    “To the GOP extremists trying to invoke ‘the unborn’ to jail people for abortion: Where are you on climate change? OH right, you want to burn fossil fuels til there’s hell on Earth. If they were truthful about their motives, they’d be consistent in their principles. They’re not,” posted AOC on social media.

    “The GOP doesn’t care about babies at all – especially brown, black, or poor ones. If they did, they’d: – cosponsor the Green New Deal or at LEAST have a real climate plan – guarantee healthcare so ALL can get prenatal care – not stand for the death+caging of babies on our border,” she added.

    "What angers me about the GOP’s attempts to turn the United States into a far-right Christian theocracy is how dishonest they are about it. At least be forthright about your desire to subvert and dismantle our democracy into a creepy theological order led by a mad king.”
    ..................
    So.....my observation---AOC is now referring to Christianity as a "creepy theological order"..... and exacly to whom is she referring to when she says "led by a mad king."???? Do not think it is the President--she would have named him....think she is referring to Jesus Himself (aka Lord and King).
    This type of tweet....is anti-Christian...and dispicable! How would the reaction differ if a conservative said this regading Islam?

  • Anne Amato

    05/21/2019 01:35 AM

    Dear Govenor,
    First (and WAY off topic--I just happened to see today two very humoous presentations you did on YouTube. They were HILARIOUS! Thank you!
    .................
    But...on to a vey serious topic about which I have heard NO broadcast news--unless I somehow missed it:
    AOC sent out some tweets on 5/17. The one commentary I did see showed the actual tweets, but here is the article and her comments: (Please spcifically look at the last paragraph of her tweet.)

    "Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took her war-of-words with the Republican Party to the next level Friday; viciously claiming the GOP “doesn’t care about brown, black, or poor” babies.
    “To the GOP extremists trying to invoke ‘the unborn’ to jail people for abortion: Where are you on climate change? OH right, you want to burn fossil fuels til there’s hell on Earth. If they were truthful about their motives, they’d be consistent in their principles. They’re not,” posted AOC on social media.

    “The GOP doesn’t care about babies at all – especially brown, black, or poor ones. If they did, they’d: – cosponsor the Green New Deal or at LEAST have a real climate plan – guarantee healthcare so ALL can get prenatal care – not stand for the death+caging of babies on our border,” she added.

    "What angers me about the GOP’s attempts to turn the United States into a far-right Christian theocracy is how dishonest they are about it. At least be forthright about your desire to subvert and dismantle our democracy into a creepy theological order led by a mad king.”
    ..................
    So.....my observation---AOC is now referring to Christianity as a "creepy theological order"..... and exacly to whom is she referring to when she says "led by a mad king."???? Do not think it is the President--she would have named him....think she is referring to Jesus Himself (aka Lord and King).
    This type of tweet....is anti-Christian...and dispicable! How would the reaction differ if a conservative said this regading Islam?

  • Rebecca Holstine

    05/21/2019 12:58 AM

    Thanks for your column this evening. I got several chuckles reading it. The best being about the so called "pregnant man". I hadn't thought of that argument. And have decided you are cleaver. Very cleaver. Now I know for sure, where Sarah gets her sharp wit. I was talking to my husband the other day, and it came to me that of all the people Pres. Trump has had come and go, it has been two strong women that has been with him from the beginning. Sarah and Kellyanne.

  • Carl Smith

    05/20/2019 10:02 PM

    I have been teaching my children and now my grand and Great Grand Children a few lessons worth repeating. ALWAYS verify what you are told as Fact, EVEN from ME! If you hear the words 'settled science' used during a lecture,
    conversation, etc. politely rise and exit the room because you are listening to some Moron who has no idea what he/she is talking about. Education is a JOURNEY and NOT a Destination, a day that you don't learn something new is a wasted day but again trusting Google might require you to go to the last page and work backward--Google is very Biased toward the Leftist or Uber Liberal POV. So you might also use alternative Search engines. And Always remember the Basic Building Block for photosynthesis to occur is CARBON. If you want reliable information about Climate Change consult with a Geologist. The farther backward you can look the further into the future you can look for basic truths.

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    05/20/2019 09:43 PM

    “What’s a worse Christmas gift than a Chia Pet of Don King?” That could also be said of the entire congress. Really an excellent thought.

  • Clay C Cole

    05/20/2019 09:35 PM

    Mike, I wish you would stop ranking on President Trump so much! I like everything he says on Twitter! Period! Sincerely, Clay Cole

  • Michael Murphy

    05/20/2019 09:35 PM

    Actually Michael, Walter Cronkite was the forerunner of news anchors using their position to spin the news to sway public opinion to "their" side. His comments on the Tet Offensive during the Viet Nam war gave a contrary and subjectively tainted report. A very damaging and dishonest portrayal of the events during and after. He was no bastion of integrity during his tenure at the anchor post. He fooled many and apparently is continuing to do so.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2008/02/walter_cronkite_vietnam_and_th.html

  • Clay C Cole

    05/20/2019 09:31 PM

    Mike, I wish you would stop ranking on President Trump so much! I like everything he says on Twitter! Period! Sincerely, Clay Cole

  • Joyce weigel

    05/20/2019 08:28 PM

    How very true about the news commentators of the past such as;
    Chet Huntley, D. Brinkley, W. Cronkite and the others you mentioned.

    I am 80 years old and remember growing up and old listening to noon &
    evening newscasts when they were on. Oh my When Walter Cronkite
    interrupted my soap opera "As the World Turns" with the tragic news
    of JFK's assassination, it will never be forgotten.

  • Toni DeFronzo

    05/20/2019 06:55 PM

    Every single day, that the majority of Democrats draw
    a federal salary, is a gross
    waste of taxpayer’s money!

  • George Curl

    05/20/2019 06:16 PM

    I'd rather have a Chia pet.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/20/2019 06:06 PM

    Insurrection Act: revise law & update & apply.
    Since 2016 seen only acts of terror by ANTIFA, BLM & now illegals etc.
    Odd why Martial Law NOT declared for some sections on Mex US border alone IF that bad.
    Hey Dems U forced this, Not Pres Trump